I work on modernism and the ways in which it extends beyond its traditional temporal and spatial designations.
My current monograph project is titled New Fictions: The Late Modernist Novel in Postwar Britain. It takes the dissemination, reception, and literary impact of the French nouveau roman as a case study for understanding the destinations and legacies of European high modernism in a postwar, postcolonial British literary field. It looks at Samuel Beckett, Christine Brooke-Rose, Eva Figes, B. S. Johnson, Muriel Spark, and Denis Williams, and considers the troubles that these writers – and the people who mediated their writing – had in articulating a concept of newness in relation to their work. I have already published research deriving from this project on Brooke-Rose, Johnson, and Doris Lessing.
I also work on the modernist writer Dorothy Richardson. In 2017 I published an article on the existentialist philosopher Gabriel Marcel’s reading notes on Richardson’s novel-sequence Pilgrimage. I have further articles forthcoming on Richardson’s engagement with the cultures of sonic modernity, on her presentation of care and the welfare state in her fiction and non-fiction, and on the current preparation of scholarly editions of her work in the context of what has come to be called the New Modernist Editing. I am a member of the editorial board of Pilgrimages: The Journal of Dorothy Richardson Studies.
I am the Postdoctoral Research Assistant on the Dorothy Richardson Editions project, which is an AHRC-funded collaboration between the Universities of Birmingham, London (Birkbeck and Queen Mary), and Oxford. The project will produce ten volumes of scholarly editions of Richardson’s fiction and letters. In 2017, with the support of the University of Oxford KE Seed Fund, I ran a project that explored how Richardson’s profile could be raised in Abingdon, the town of her birth (about seven miles south of Oxford). The primary outputs of this project were an exhibition at the Abingdon County Hall Museum and a freely-distributed comic made in collaboration with a local artist. You can find out more about the project here: https://dorothyrichardsonblog.wordpress.com/2017/09/20/dorothy-richardson-in-abingdon/
In Oxford, I have enjoyed teaching literature, theory, and film of the late nineteenth century through to the present day. I grew up in suburban North London and currently live in Birmingham.
In Oxford I have taught full courses for Prelims Paper 1b (Approaches to Literature) and Paper 4 (Literature in English 1910-Present), as well as contributing to teaching for Paper 3 (Literature in English 1830-1910). I also co-convene the 'Writers and the Cinema' Paper 6 option for finalists with Professor Laura Marcus. In Hilary term 2017 I gave a lecture course called 'Late Modernisms'.
In Michaelmas term 2017, I convened the 'Material Texts' B-Course for students on the MSt programmes 1900-Present Day, World Literatures in English, and English and American Studies. I also co-convene the MSt C-Course option 'Fiction in Britain Since 1945: History, Time and Memory' with Dr Marina MacKay and Professor Laura Marcus. I have supervised numerous undergraduate and Master's dissertations on a range of 19th-21st Century writing, theory, and film.